Gorbals Architecture, Glasgow, Scotland

Today, I provided a small group tour of Glasgow’s East End with emphasis on the Gorbals district.

From central Glasgow we drove past Celtic F.C. stadium, Parkhead to our first stop at the Peoples Palace (1898) on Glasgow Green. Latter comprises a museum focused on the social history of Glasgow with a winter gardens attached which is home to exotic plants and a cafe.

Close to the Peoples Palace can be found the Doulton Fountain (1888), world’s largest terracotta fountain and the Templeton Carpet Factory (1892) which was modelled on the Doge’s Palace in Venice.

Winter Gardens, Glasgow Green


Peoples Palace, Glasgow Green

After refreshment at the Peoples Palace we walked across Glasgow Green, passing historic clothes poles where locals hung out washing until the 1970s,then over St Andrews Suspension Bridge (1855) over the River Clyde from where we observed sculling in process and a grain whisky distillery.


Clothes Poles, Glasgow Green


Doulton Fountain, Glasgow Green


Templeton Carpet Factory, Glasgow Greeen


Sculling, River Clyde, Glasgow Green, Scotland

On reaching the Gorbals we explored the region, admiring the modern and attractive architecture, a major improvement on the appalling living conditions of the 1930s.

The Gorbals has a history dating back to the 13th century subsequent to which:

  • It was home to a leper colony in the 14th century.
  • Grew in the Middle Ages and gained a reputation for gun manufacture plus weaving, skinning and metal working.
  • Became industrialised in the 19th century with coal mining, a canal and a railway.
  • Became home to thousands of Jewish refugees in the 19th century .
  • Suffered from high unemployment due to industrial decline in the 20th century.
  • Experienced depopulation in the 20th century with population dropping from 85,000 in 1931 to about 8800 now.

Gorbals Architecture, Glasgow, Scotland

St Francis Community Centre, Gorbals, Glasgow

Inspecting Gorbals Boys Statues, Glasgow

Gorbals Architecture, Glasgow

Street Statue, Gorbals, Glasgow

Gorbals design, Glasgow, Scotland

We also visited the nearby Southern Necropolis, a massive cemetery which holds 250,000 burials.

Entrance Avenue, Southern Necropolis, Glasgow

Visiting Southern Necropolis, Glasgow, Scotland

As the day progressed rain showers caused us some inconvenience. We concluded the tour by returning to Glasgow Green then a short motor tour following the River Clyde to the SECC and across the ‘Squinty Bridge’ with final drop-off near Central Station.

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